National Stroke Awareness Month, observed in May and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strives to make Americans aware that they may be able to Save A Life of a person experiencing a stroke.
National Stroke Awareness Month educates people that a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people act FAST - 80% of strokes can be prevented.
FAST is an acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:
F - Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
A - Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
S - Speech /After repeating a simple phrase, does the person's speech sound slurred or strange?
T - Time / If any or all of the above are observed call 9-1-1 in the U.S. and 999 in the UK - and ask for medical assistance.
In recognition of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, people are encouraged to increase their understanding of stroke risk factors by completing the National Stroke Association's stroke risk scorecard and following up on any concerns.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. It's also a leading cause of disability. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can't get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.
The three main types of stroke are ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Most strokes (87 percent) are ischemic strokes. An ischemic stroke happens when blood flow to the brain becomes blocked. Blood clots often cause the blockages that lead to ischemic strokes.
A hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain leaks blood or ruptures (breaks open). The leaked blood puts too much pressure on brain cells, which damages them. High blood pressure and aneurysms - balloon-like bulges in an artery that can stretch and burst - are examples of conditions that can cause a hemorrhagic stroke.
A transcient ischemic attack (TIA) is sometimes called a "mini-stroke." It's different from the major types of stroke because blood flow to the brain is blocked for only a short time - usually no more than five minutes. As with ischemic strokes, blood clots often cause TIAs.
Strokes and TIAs reqire emergency care. Call 911 right away if you feel signs of a stroke or see symptoms in someone around you.
Every Minute Counts!
National Stroke Awareness Month Sponsor:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/index.htm
The awareness color for Stroke Awareness is Red.
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